MORE than 1 million matriculants across the country are expected to sit down for their final exams from November 5.
The combined examination makes this the largest public examination that has ever been administered in South Africa.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced this during an update on the COVID-plagued academic year in Pretoria on Thursday morning.
“So today, we launch the official countdown to the examinations. It is now 34 days to the start of the NSC examinations for the matric class of 2020,” she said.
“We therefore appeal to parents, guardians, and communities to rally behind all the candidates who will be writing their final exams this year. It is an extraordinary time for them and all of us, but they need the support more.”
Motshekga said the advent of COVID-19, has necessitated the need to reschedule the 2020 National Senior Certificate examinations, to accommodate the disruptions caused by the pandemic.
“As we had already announced before, the June Senior Certificate (SC) examination was postponed, and will now be written together with the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination in November 2020,” said Motshekga.
“The examination timetable for the combined June and November examination, had to be amended; so that this examination commences in November, instead of October 2020, as was initially planned. The late start of the examination, is intended to allow as much time as possible to cover critical curriculum content, and to ensure that all examination processes are appropriately managed.
Motshekga said all examination centres, both public and independent, have been audited, in preparation for the 2020 combined examination.
She added that a protocol, to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols, has been developed and distributed, to guide all the Chief Invigilators, Invigilators and all other officials involved in the management of the conduct and administration of the examination.
All Provincial Education Departments have secured the extra rooms at existing examination centres that are needed for the writing of the combined 2020 November Grade 12 examinations.
(COMPILED BY INSIDE EDUCATION STAFF)